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    Just Whitney
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 December, 2002)
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    Whitney Houston recaptures some former glory on her first studio album, thanks to her undiminished vocal prowess and a cadre of impressive producers that includes Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Babyface, Teddy Bishop, and Troy Taylor. Houston's pipes shine in the big break-up ballad "On My Own," which is cut from the same mold as 1993's massive "I Will Always Love You." But while her vocal chords are intact, some of the material here leaves much to be desired, including a flat version of Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Light" and the Missy Elliot-penned and -produced "Things You Say." On the plus side, the feisty "Tell Her No" finds Houston on defense, but she's much more interesting with her back against the wall as she huffs: "I can't wait for the day I can rub things in your face." The embattled diva doesn't attempt to gloss over her foibles, as evidenced by "Unashamed" ("Listen here and listengood/ I'm unashamed of the life that I lead, unashamed of the strength of my need"), "Love That Man," and "Whatchulookinat," a body slam at the tabloids that have documented Houston and hubby Bobby Brown's very public falls from grace. Houston may not have recovered her hegemony of the charts, but this album proves she's once again pointed in the right direction. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Crack Is Wack!
    ....and so is her love life. It seems Whitney has finally lost her 'trolley' and is even madder then Mariah 'I can talk to Marilyn Monroe through my piano' Carey. I love Whitney as much as the next person, but when i saw her sniffing powder in the Macdonalds in Dalston the other day, my admiration of her has somewhat declined. When i questioned her actions, she slapped me and my daughter and said "a lady never takes drugs, cos crack is wack, and I'm a lady" before spreading her legs and letting out a huge burp. I promptly slapped her back and told her to stay away from my child, before I pryed her bag of cocaine from her scrawny dried fingers. After the incident she apologised and gave me a signed copy of her CD, which was smeared with blood and said "don't tell anyone, I'm Just Whitney". I groaned and slapped her again and left.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Chase me Chase me!!!
    I must admit, there is nothing like putting in a Whitney Houston CD when your feeling low and listening to her sweet soulful voice singing to your soul... However I am refering to her earlier music.
    At present the best song I have heard Ms Houston relese was shown as an exclusive on Celebrities Uncensored. The video featured her running through a shopping mall screaming out 'CHASE ME, CHASE ME, YOU KNOW YOU LOVE ME, CHASE ME!!!'at the paparazzi as they followed behind.
    As i said, Ms Houston always knows what to say to lift your spirits. This coming from the other day i was watching VH1 when her latest video was shown, however it was in a type of documentary form which showed Ms Houston screaming out her new slogan through a, megaphone... I think it was called 'CRACK IS CHEAP... I AIN'T CHEAP... I DON'T USE CRACK... CRACK IS WHACK...'
    ... Of course you don't dear!!! Bless her cotton socks!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just Whitney
    I remember this album when I was in the 10th grade. This album is great from the beginning to the end. This album is her brand new for the 21st century. This is a record with a decidedly personal flavor that demonstrates the maturity and growth ofan artist who has consistently triumphed as a multi-talented recording artist,performer,actress,producer and entrepreneur of the first order as the title implies. This album has been certified Platinum. Remember,this was 2002. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006HCUW
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Pop    3. Quiet Storm    4. R&B    5. Urban   


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    The Definitive Collection
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (04 February, 2003)
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    After mounting successes with the Commodores during the late '70s, Lionel Richie exploded into one of the biggest stars of the '80s, then enigmatically disappeared from the music business for nearly a decade. Fourteen of the tracks on this 20-track anthology (which also includes a five-cut bonus disc compiled by Richie) topped the charts, ample testimony to Richie's remarkable success in shifting from the Commodores' roots in the Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye Motown to a pioneering career as a crossover balladeer. His willful drift to the middle of the road found that its yellow line was nothing but gold. This collection charts the singer's upbeat successes with his former band, segues gracefully into the ballads and party-lite sensibility that made him such an unlikely '80s icon, and touches on his late-'90s reemergence. A newly recorded duet with Enrique Iglesias on "To Love a Woman" suggests that the elder popmeister hasn't lost his touch; indeed, his voice seems more warm and soulful than ever.--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Solid Richie Collection
    One of the most successful artists of the 1970s' (with The Commodores) and 1980s' was without a doubt Lionel Richie. In a time when bland artists like Duran Duran and The Stray Cats ruled the scene, Lionel Richie's mature and brilliant brand of adult pop music appelaed to a vast audience, giving him a huge string of hit albums and singles plus an Oscar for "Say You, Say Me".

    These statistics taken into consideration, "The Definitive Collection" is a solid compilation of Richie's best work and biggest hits with both The Commodores and solo, a random list of which would include "Three Times A Lady", "Sail On", "Endless Love' (with Diana Ross), "All Night Long (All Night)", "Say You, Say Me" and "Dancing On The Ceiling". All of these hits are here, as are lesser known hits "Stuck On You", "Penny Lover", "Ballerina Girl", "Do It To Me" (one of my al time favorite songs by anyone) and "Angel". The two new songs on this collection are very good as well, especially the Enrique Inglesias duet "To Love A Woman", which has a lovely country twang.

    Naturally this is not a perfect collection. While I love this collection, I would have enjoyed it a little more if it was a two disc collection, which would give room for these songs:

    From The Commodores:

    "Machine Gun" (number 22 on Billboard Charts)
    "I Feel Sanctified" (number 75)
    "Slippery When Wet" (number 19)
    "Sweet Love" (number 5)
    "Brickhouse" (number 5) (am I the only one truly surprised this was absent from this collection since it's probably the best known Commodores song next to "Three Times A Lady"?)
    "Too Hot To Trot" (number 24)
    "Wonderland" (number 25)
    "Old Fashioned Love" (number 20)
    "Lady You Bring Me Up" (number 8)
    "Oh No" (number 4)

    From the solo years:

    "My Love" (number 5)
    "Love Will Conquer All" (number 9)
    "Se La" (number 20)
    "Don't Wanna Lose You" (number 39)

    Until that comes along, this collection will do perfectly for most casual fans (hardcores will already have all the studio albums).

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Fairly Good Compilation...but
    I'll be the first one to agree that this is a pretty good compilation album of a great band and a great singer.I do have one problem...when I purchase a 'best of' album, I'd like to have the songs FULL LENGTH, as they appeared on the original album.I bought this album thinking I'd get the complete version of 'Three Times A Lady', but what I got was this chopped up radio version.A classic shouldn't be so mistreated!I gave this album 3 stars because I believe they cut 2 full stars when they cut 'Lady'.Otherwise, it's a good album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars HOW!
    Lionel Richie is the best romantic writer and singer of the world! "Say You, Say Me", "Stuck On You" or "Hello" are the most impressive romantic songs... ... Read more

    Asin: B00007KQ70
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Pop    3. Pop/Rock    4. Quiet Storm    5. R&B    6. Soft Rock    7. Urban   


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    Thankful
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (15 April, 2003)
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    Kelly Clarkson, the toothsome winner of Fox TV's first American Idol competition shows that her prime-time win was no fluke. She blithely skipsthrough octaves and genres like a seasoned pro, belting out power ballads like hooky "Low" and the Diane Warren-penned "Some Kind of Miracle," with the aplomb of Pat Benatar in her prime. Clarkson tackles the neo-gospel "Anytime" without flinching, then shows some dirty street cred as she growls through "Miss Independent," a song she penned with Christina Aguilera. But Miss Independent would be a gross misnomer; despite the fact Clarkson co-wrote four of the album's tunes. Clarkson not only had uber record exec/executive producer Clive Davis at her disposal, but an arsenal of producers and songwriters to make sure she didn't make a creative misstep. Despite Clarkson's sublime vocal talents, excessive gloss at times overwhelms the quirky charm and personality she displayed on Idol. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars I don't mean to complain, but...just kidding! Good debut album
    While walking around the mall during break in January, I noticed posters for the upcoming season of American Idol.The caption on one read, "Who will be the next Kelly?"Kelly of course meaning Kelly Clarkson, the winner of the first American Idol.

    Her first album Thankful, is a mix of soul-pop and Sheryl Crow/Alanis style alt-rock.Thankfully, pardon the pun, there are five songs I recognize.The first, "The Trouble With Love Is," is a lovely Mariah Careyesque pop-soul piece.It also ended up on the Love Actually soundtrack, whose review prompted me to consider getting this album.But this is my favourite song, as it tells of the age-old troubles of love:"It can tear you up inside/Make your heart believe a lie/It's stronger than your pride."After having my own heart in the shredder in October 2004, I fully agree with:"It'll make you hear a symphony/And you just want the world to see/But like a drug that makes you blind,/It'll fool you every time."

    The #9 hit "Miss Independence" is more on the hip-hop/soul side verse-wise, but bursts into a louder alternative sound on the chorus.The title character has the aliases of Miss Self-Sufficient, Miss Don't Let A Man Interfere, but when she falls in true love, that hardened independent streak is pulled out from under her. One of the co-writers of this song was none other than Christina Aguilera.

    "Have you ever had a friend that let you down so?/When the truth came out/Were you the last to know?/Were you left out in the cold?" Kelly asks in "Low" a song of betrayal and accusation that veers more towards the Sheryl Crow/Alanis Morissette alt-rock attack."Just Missed The Train" shares the same sound.After hearing these songs and her recent hit "Since U Been Gone," I notice how the harder-edged sound is used in songs of betrayal and anger, while she goes into Mariah mode with the lovey dovey songs.

    The rhythm section and sound of "Beautiful Disaster," written by Matthew Wilder and Rebekah Jordan, reminds me of John Waite and Alias-type songs, specifically "Waiting For Love" of the late 80's/early 90's while the title track is an All Saints-type strong R&B number.

    The Diane Warren-penned "Some Kind of Miracle" is another Mariah/Whitney type soul ballad with backing drum machine, while "What's Up Lonely" is lush jazz-soul where loneliness is personalized as someone who stares back at one from the mirror and is the one who shares one's pain."Anytime," with its powerful gospel backing and strings, reminds me of "Anytime You Need A Friend" from Mariah's Dreamlover album.Another highlight.

    The album ends with the two songs that shot her to fame, the string-laden mix of "A Moment Like This" which is glorious with the gospel-like backing vocals and Kelly's pipes, which give Mariah a run for her money, and has now sadly ended up in the Sandals travel agency commercial.This spent two weeks at #1."Before Your Love" is the other gem here.

    Vocally, her soulful pipes don't compare to Mariah or Lara Fabian's, but I give her a B/B+ for results.Small wonder that she changed styles in Breakaway, but that's another review away.A well-done debut album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thankful for "Thankful"
    I love Kelly's first CD! I love the positivity that's somehow lacking in her second one and a lot of CDs by other female pop stars. She's the first American Idol and she will always be THE American Idol for me. Way to go, Kelly Brianne Clarkson!

    1-0 out of 5 stars My blood boiled after listening to this.
    Kelly Clarkson has got to be one of the worst singers of all time. Who thinks that this manufactured pop tart can sing? She was a creation of the British Moron known as Simon Cowell, the same dude responsible for the terrible Spice Girls. Songs like A Moment Like This make my head spin and vomit out blood. I can assure you that in years time noone will remember mainstream anymore.
    Mainstream, Your time is over. Legends like Pink Floid, and Moody Blues, and Weird Al rule the airwaves now and forever.
    Sincerely,
    Jonathon Taylor ... Read more

    Asin: B00007GUIO
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Dance-Pop    3. Pop    4. Pop Vocals    5. Teen Pop   


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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 February, 2003)
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    He’s been shot nine times. Incarcerated. And stabbed up and down. And that’s only what’s happened on 50 Cent’s down time. Hands down, 50 Cent is the biggest buzz emcee since Eminem (who just happens to be his label CEO), and Get Rich also features Dr. Dre on production, so it’s a can’t-miss record, right? Well, mostly. Get Rich is not filled with midtempo, radio-friendly numbers like "Wanksta," his thinly veiled Ja Rule dis first heard on the 8 Mile soundtrack. Instead, Cent brings the heat, not heater. He sheds his inner thug on "21 Questions," featuring G-funk crooner Nate Dogg showing some semblance of respect to the hotties, and then reverts right back to his thug persona on "In da Club," where he boasts "I’m into having sex, I ain’t into making love." There’s no "How to Rob, Pt. 2" here, although "Many Men" comes close, as he addresses some of the haters who may not fully get why he’s now rap’s big cheese. Surprisingly, the two Eminem-produced joints--"Patiently Waiting" (which thematically is very much like Em’s "Lose Yourself"), and "Don’t Push Me"--almost rival the beats supplied by Dre. Then again, it seems his most well-known cuts ("High All the Time" and "Wanksta," for example) are actually some of the weakest of the lot. Sure, Get Rich could never have lived up to the hype, it’s nowhere near Biggie's Ready to Die or Nas's Illmatic, but there's no fast-forward material here, a near miracle in these times. --Dalton Higgins ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Love It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This album is cool. I love 50 cent and he will always be my favorite rapper. I love all the songs. I love this cd and The Massacre. And i like Beg For Mercy. Peace Out

    4-0 out of 5 stars Undeniable appeal, but still
    50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Trying" is, over all, a great album.His"gangsta" attitude and confident swagger make give him undeniable appeal.It's a good listen with great production, opening with his now famous and much parodied g-unit calls, following immediately with "Patiently Waiting," a track that lets loose some emotion.That's my only problem with 50 Cents, he raps in the same tone for almost the whole album, never with any agility.That's just a matter of preference, it's a good record and perfect for breaking him into the mainstream.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Too lazy too fill out the thing so i clicked kid's review
    50 has a unique style... he's not really that lyrically impressive, but he just comes so hard on his stuff that you're impressed anyway. Let me just say that this CD is better than the massacre, but that doesn't mean that the massacre isn't good. The massacre has it's good Cuts, like: In my hood, Gatman and Robbin, and God gave me style. No matter what 50 couldn't top this CD anyways. This CD was in instant classic. Every song has good beats, and 50 knows how to work with em. Best songs are the dre beat ones of course: In da club, Blood hound, and if i can't. If you want a CD too bump in your car then this is definitely it. I suggest getting this before the massacre... the massacre seems to be geared more towards the ladies.. songs like: Build you up, Just a lil bit, Candy shop, amazing lead me to believe it. Anyways they're both Good Cd's and definitely pick up The G UNIT Cd and maybe banks and bucks CD's too. ... Read more

    Asin: B000084T18
    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop   


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    From There to Here: 1989-2002
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 November, 2002)
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    In addition to candles, white wine, and a brand new roll of toilet paper, every bachelor pad should be equipped with a Brian McKnight CD. Conveniently, his From There to Here, 1989-2002 greatest hits collection provides one-stop shopping of the sexiest, smoochiest ballads known to humankind. McKnight may be guilty of excessive sentimentality, but damn if he can't sing; even his most saccharine moments are redeemed by his buttery vocals and absolute earnestness. Two new songs--"Let Me Love You" and "The Way I Do"--bookend the collection. But what's in between has put the Buffalo native on the R&B map, especially his gorgeous cover of Van Morrison's "Crazy Love," and his plaintive duet with Vanessa Williams on "Love Is." Indeed, there's abundant love on offer, and McKnight--who also wrote, played, and/or produced these various songs--has given the booty call its most sumptuous soundtrack. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brian McKnight - 5 Stars!!
    Brian McKnight has a beautiful voice and his songs are so sweet and perfectly written. Every song on this cd is a must have especially one last cry, anytime and the day the earth stood still!

    5-0 out of 5 stars McKnight is MAGNIFICANT
    Man, I've been Brian's fan since I was a teenager.He ranks up there with Sade.I love his music.It's soft and relaxing.It's music that fits any mood.It can make you feel in love, cry, happy, sad, ect. Brain has songs and lyrics that can fit all occasions from weddings, to divorce, to having babies, or helping you express undying love for someone.(I've had a couple of songs dedicated and I've dedicated a few).Brian is at his best and hopefully he will continue to make music that can be listened to 20,30, or 50 years from now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brian PLEASE sing at my wedding!!!
    I love B. McKnight!! His voice is just awesome!!I purchased this collection over a month ago, and I have been playing it ever since!!Permanently in my rotation!! His vocals are strong, smooth, sensual, etc.

    You won't be disappointed if you pick this up! ... Read more

    Asin: B00006SMBY
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Pop    3. R&B    4. Urban   


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    A Rush of Blood to the Head
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 August, 2002)
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    Coldplay required a lifetime to make their wonderfully assured debut,Parachutes. But it tookless than two years for the moody British quartet to deliver a masterful follow-up. As a band, Coldplay have advanced to a stage where they outshine nearly every oneof their rivals in terms of imagination and emotional pull. A Rush of Bloodto the Head is a soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the catharticrock of "Politik" to the hushed tones of "Green Eyes" without once breaking itsmesmerizing spell. Singer Chris Martin takes his voice on soaring flights,reaching places only JeffBuckley previously dared to go. And the music is nearly flawless, apersuasive cross between PinkFloyd and the Verve.Even if they haven't come up with another "Yellow," you would be hard-pressed tocare. This is exquisite stuff. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Overated Non-Sense
    GArbage...............If you want soft music then listen to Keane instead of these f@gs

    2-0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the most overated band of current times.
    Unimaginative songs, delivered with repetitive and monotonous,completely dull vocals. I just do not understand the hype nor the interest unless ofcourse, it is more about the lead singers relationship with his famous, and equally dull, wife and his tendancy to name children while visiting the greengrocers.
    Every generation gets saddled with a dull band most people don't appreciate and who end having no real talent and longevity much beyond their media hype, witness Oasis. Not worth listening to and I guarantee you will tire of it and find it irritating eventually.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "Desert Island" CD
    I have had this CD in my computer at work for three years! Most CDs don't last a week. I get bored of them and take them home again. I love every song on this CD--yes, the singles have been played out. "In my Place" and "Clocks" are the most familiar. But the treasures on this album, for me, really are "Warning Sign", the title song and "Amsterdam." Three songs I cannot live without, hence, if I were stuck on a deserted island, this is the CD I would want with me. ... Read more

    Asin: B000069AUI
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Britpop    3. Dream Pop    4. Indie Rock    5. Pop    6. Post-Grunge    7. Rock   


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    American Life
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 April, 2003)
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    Judging by her current pose, the Material Girl has mutated into the Military Girl. Indeed, this time out Madonna launches an assault on the miscalculations of her past while also airing her grievances with a troubled world. Madonna has always jumped on trends, but, for the first time, she leaps and falls as she revisits the minimalist synth-pop that she helped define in the ‘80s and raps like Debbie Harry about lattes and nannies. She also divulges career and personal missteps that her audience recognized all along, and had already forgiven--or embraced. With the exception of the entrancing Bond film theme "Die Another Day," the music doesn't measure up to 1999's Ray of Light and '00's Music. And while Madonna has never been a stunning wordsmith, there is a distinction between the introspection on those albums and the self-absorption of American Life; the lyrics here often put one in mind of a cathartic letter one writes but never mails. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Don`t Judge A Book By Its Cover.
    I really can`t understand why a lot of people are dissing
    this album just because of the song "AMERICAN LIFE" if you
    just skip the track.And go to song 2 and if you try to relate
    and feel the song you will last until song 11,it is that good.
    and I can tell you something good about each song.So buy this
    album if you haven`t just because you don`t like that song.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A Review
    It's an average cd.
    Didn't strike me as anything special.
    A few o.k. songs..Not too bad.

    5-0 out of 5 stars American Life and American Idiot: albums of the decade
    Definitely check these two albums out from these multitalented musicians who express themselves beautifully through music and tell it like it is with their songwriting. There's a reason why they've had longeivity in the music business. If you're a redneck who's in denial about Bush making this earth a disgrace, you won't like either of these CD's, so why don't you stop giving these CD's 1 star reviews and go back to listening to country music. This is madonna's album of the decade and I look forward to her next CD. There is a reason she'sbeen in the music business for 22 years, she's the best! ... Read more

    Asin: B00008S2VG
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Adult Contemporary    3. Club/Dance    4. Dance Music    5. Dance-Pop    6. Pop    7. Pop/Rock   


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    I Drove All Night [Australia CD Single]
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 March, 2003)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars I want my money back.
    I'm a big Cyndi Lauper fan, and kinda like Celine Dion (until now).So I was curious. But after she butchered "I Drove All Night", I want my money back.And even if you are a big fan of Celine, why would you buy this?!?It's obviously marketed to line her pockets.I heard she would stay silent to preserve her voice for shows.I wish she would do that in the studio, too.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The one time I wanted Celine to oversing something...
    I Drove All Night is one of my favorite songs of all time! Romantic and not schamltzy(?), great lyrics, great hook... a perfect pop song. I love Cyndi's version the best, love Roy's too. When I heard that Celine was covering it, I was really really excited. I love Celine's version too, but IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT BETTER. If any song was written to have passion and to be oversung (something that Celine is always criticized for) it is this song! This could have become her trademark track if she went into the studio and came out bleeding from the ears nose and throat. It seems to me half sung. If she put all of her vocals in to it like she does with all her power ballads that just come off sounding like Mountain Dew commercials, it would have been a much better song.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Much better sung by Cyndi
    ... What was Celine thinking when she decided to record this song? I love Celine, I have all her albums, even the import ones but choosing this song as the first single from he new album is nonsense. First, this song was recorded with no passion, no heart, no feeling in it, YOU CAN TELL THIS IF YOU ARE A CELINE FAN and wanna know something? I AM A CELINE FAN!!! But this song .... There are much better tracks on her new album than this song. Ej: Faith, Stand By Your Side, Reveal, etc...

    My point is that why Sony never released the first version of "SORRY FOR LOVE" which is a million times better than "I DROVE ALL NIGHT", Celine makes you feel what she's singing in that song. So stay away from this cd single. The Remix? Is not Hex Hector's best... Believe me. But buy Celine's new album "ONE HEART" is not so bad. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000894N1
    Sales Rank: 88643
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Pop    3. Pop Vocals    4. Rock/Pop   


    This Is Me...Then
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (26 November, 2002)
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    Between her first and second albums, Jennifer Lopez moved from sharp hip-hop to a slicker sound that captured the sass and heat of the streets, thanks mainly to the production acumen of her erstwhile boyfriend Sean "Puffy" Combs. On her third album, This Is Me ... Then, Lopez shows she's just as facile as her ex in changing names as well as musical personas. She abandons the impish J-Lo moniker for a more benign, and less interesting, Jenny, who makes an appearance on "Jenny from the Block." Here, Lopez insists she is still the same down-to-earth girl who emerged from the Bronx a decade before mega-stardom hit: "I used to have a little/ Now I have a lot," she chirps before cautioning, "Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got/ I'm still Jenny from the block." The claim stretches credibility given her well-documented status as a diva, but "Jenny" shows more pizzazz and humor on the album than anything else, except for her saucy duet with LL Cool J on "All I Have." Elsewhere, the album--which includes nine songs cowritten by Lopez--serves up a recycled paean to '70s soul, an anemic cover of Carly Simon's vituperative "You Belong to Me," and cloying ballads inspired by her new fiancé, actor Ben Affleck. Lopez dedicated the disc to the actor and includes a far-too-personal and gooey love song to him titled "Dear Ben." In it, she declares: "You'll always be my lust, my love, my man, my child, my friend and my king." There's plenty of love here, but what's missing is the verve and crackle of Lopez's earlier stuff. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It's Grammy time!
    Jennifer's third non-remix album is an example of musical maturity and amazing depth. The beats are hot and the lyrics reveal the depth and stability of this accomplished 35 year old woman. Jennifer Lopez is so brilliant, I don't quite understand why she doesn't have a Grammy yet. Maybe next year she'll get one. In any case, this album is amazing, especially that song "Jenny From the Block," which shows that's she's really just a down to earth Latina from the Bronx. A simple girl with simple needs. And that song "Dear Ben," which she dedicated to her excludive sweetheart, is one of the greatest love songs I can imagine. Buy this album and be prepared to have your world rocked.

    1-0 out of 5 stars the worst CD yet by j lo
    that jenny from the block song is a just a looped sample of a song I heard in the clubs in the late 90's, and the video is an attention seeking gesture with her jumping around topless and having ben rubbing her (...). No wonder she got so much attention for the whole bennifer thing. If you want to check out j lo at her best despite her weak voice, but good dancing and acting skills, get the J LO CD, and check out the movies Selena and The Wedding Planner

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stop hating on J-Lo!
    Seriously, I really don't know why do people hate her so much. I personally like her alot. I really think that she's a very beautiful person, although my mom don't really like her lifestlye much. I mean Jennifer doesn't seem to know what love truly is. Other than that, I really enjoyed this album very much! It has this 70s R&B and Soul feel to it. And I love R&B! The best ones are Still, Loving You, I'm Glad, Dear Ben, You Belong to Me, All I Have, Baby I love U, and the One. People need to give her credit for her work and not just focus too much on her lifestyle and voice. I give this album 10/10! ... Read more

    Asin: B00006RIO8
    Subjects:  1. Club/Dance    2. Dance-Pop    3. Latin Pop    4. Pop    5. Pop Vocals    6. Urban   


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    Calling All Angels [Australia CD]
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 April, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Bonus Tracks
    This cd-single features three previously unreleased tracks and a radio edit of "Calling All Angels" from 2003's excellent 'My Private Nation'.The single is vintage Train with a great melody and an incisive, reflective message on the state of society post-9/11.It's a message of guarded hopefullness and very sincerely delivered with a catchy melody as good as anything from 'Drops of Jupiter'.What makes this cd-single worth purchasing, however, is the quality of the three bonus tracks (not available anywhere else thus far).Both "For You" and "Landmine" could've easily fit on 'My Private Nation' and I wonder why they were left off."Fascinated" is worth hearing as well although it's a little repetitive.Each track is between three and four minutes in duration.These bonus songs aren't nearly as stylistically diverse as the two extra tracks included with the limited edition pressings of 'Drops of Jupiter'."Landmine" is particularly good although it is rather similar in sound to "Counting Airplanes" from MPN.Well worth purchasing for these hard to track down quality tracks by one of today's best rock n' roll bands.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Angel Bound
    There is no doubt that Train has been out of the public eye for a certain period of time. Nevertheless, their back with a brand new hit song, Calling All Angels. This personally happens to be one of their best songs currently. Pat Monahan and company surely have come a long way since they started with Meet Virginia back in 1999. Personally, I really enjoyed not just the song, but its video is absolutely breathtaking. I absolutely love the computer-animated graphics. There is no doubt that this is truly one of the top songs for 2003.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes!
    I didn't know trains could fly, but Train certainly soars here. True they don't break any new ground here, but "Calling on Angels" is exactly what I wanted to hear from train anyway. It is Train to perfection and in my mind is superior even to the mega-hit "Drops of Jupiter" I hope these guys continue to make their own brand of uplifting music for a long time. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008KCOD
    Sales Rank: 92010
    Subjects:  1. 5"CD Singles    2. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    3. American Trad Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock   


    Try It on My Own [Canada CD]
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 March, 2004)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Whitney
    Amazing song, amazing voice. You should get this single. Also i suggest to get Try It On My Own DVD single!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Welcome back the old Whitney!!!
    This is truly a beautiful song.It is sooooo good to hear Whitney going back to the ballads that really showcase her beautiful and powerful voice! I don't care if people think it's sappy--it's the old Whitney.Whether or now it's the
    TRUE Whitney doesn't matter but it's the Whitney that is greatly missed.Her voice has lost some of it's power but the stress in her life as well as the drug use can do that.Her voice is meant for ballads--not hip hop.Whitney should be in the class of singers such as Celine, Barbara, etc. not Madonna or Mariah! I really do hope we will hear more of this type of music from her in the future.I LOVE IT!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Whitney is #1madonna,mariah celine are not
    This is definely Whitney showing us that madonna is not the only one who can try new things. She looks great and if people are jaded it is because the public listens to every reporter and is so unforgiving. If she were not black this would not be a problem. Modonna has done worse yet every one rushes out to buy somthing buy someone who's only talent is dying her hair a different color every other day and shocking people with her antic and as for mariah and celine if it were not for Whitney they would not be as big. Whitney you go girl ... Read more

    Asin: B0000918PY
    Sales Rank: 155720
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. R&B   


    Big Yellow Taxi [Pt. 1]
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (14 January, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars FAVE COUNTING CROWS SONG!
    Big Yellow Taxi is a great Counting Crows song! It's my favorite!
    Vanessa Carlton lends her lungs to the song too! It's very catchy! :-D

    5-0 out of 5 stars awesome song!
    Big Yellow Taxi is one of the best songs ever! one day when I heard it on the radio, I instantly fell in love with the song. this is a great song so I reccomend it to anyone who likes music!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough of It
    I absolutely love this version from the Counting Crows.After hearing the original, I agree with another reviewer that it is annoying.This one is definitely more perfected and arranged better. Vanessa Carlton adds a cool quality, also.I highly recommend this one!! ... Read more

    Asin: B00007J4WJ
    Sales Rank: 41908
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Rock/Pop   


    Lights Out [Canada CD]
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 March, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars lisa marie vents life with album to whom it may concern
    lisa marie presley has been through so much that this album really has helped her to be able to go some where with her feelings which shows how creative she is. her first single "Lights Out" shows a deep, dark side to her and then her song " Nobody Noticed It" shows the devestation and lonliness she has felt since the loss of her father. She also wrote the song S.O.B in responce to the divorce she had with michael Jackson. Which showed a hurt and angry person. last she wrote So Lovely for her 2 children Danielle and ben who on the album you can tell she loves so much more than anything. it has been tough but lisa will make it she'll do fine

    4-0 out of 5 stars Like Father, Like Daughter
    Sometimes in life, we really look at kids that became famous only because of their parents being famous and infamous. It does sometimes gets very unbelieveable. In the case of Lisa Marie Presley, she was one who was always targeted, because of her father, Elvis Presley. Still, she can always now try to set herself on her way with her own sound and feel. Her first single, Lights Out is a hard feel of growing up in Memphis, and singals what she feels is going on with relationships. The song is fantastic, and proves to hear a strong debut from Lisa Marie Presley. I strongly like this song, and I really choose to listen to her music over Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Clarkson, because she doesn't fake it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lisa Rocks!
    Many people most likely bought the "Lights Out" out of curiosity...to see if Lisa Marie Presley sounds like her daddy, the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. Even so, I think a lot of folks were pleasantly surprised with what they heard. Lisa definitely has her own style, and doesn't try to emulate her father. Unlike other children of celebrities, Lisa doesn't try to capitalize upon her father's legacy or image. This album is her own personal statement, and is her way of opening up and telling the world who she really is. Forget all the tabloid b.s. - Lisa's dark, brooding lyrics examine many facets of her life, often with deep introspection. She reveals her thoughts and feelings on things such as her heritage, her children and even her own self image. Many of the words of her songs are very raw, and are set to really great music. "Lights Out" and "S.O.B." are probably the best cuts on the album. This is one of the best albums I have bought in a very long time. If you purchase this CD, you will not regret it. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008MOE1
    Sales Rank: 80070
    Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Pop/Rock    4. Rock   


    The Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits: The Record
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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    Don't look for a richly illustrated, critical essay-packed hagiography with this 40-track, double-disc overview of the Bee Gees recording career. In typical, telling fashion, the Brothers Gibb have eschewed such exercises in ego inflation and simply let the best of their remarkable body of music speak for itself. Through it all, their familiar voices lock together in the sort of transcendent, seemingly genetic harmony that few singers since the Everly Brothers (early Gibb inspirations) have managed. Beginning with the plaintive 1966 hit "New York Mining Disaster 1941," this set traces the Gibbs' journey from successful Beatles-era balladeers to '70s white R&B gods and the undisputed kings of disco (we're reminded here that their shrewd metamorphosis began with "Nights on Broadway" and "Jive Talkin'"--long before the mega-success of "Saturday Night Fever"). But even as that dance craze faded, again threatening to turn the Bee Gees into pop anachronisms, the Gibbs simply stepped out of the limelight for a while, turning their talents to MOR hit-making for the likes of Samantha Sang, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, and Dionne Warwick. Those hits ("Emotion," "Heartbreaker," "Islands in the Stream") are featured here in modern rerecordings by the band, along with the Streisand-Barry Gibb duet, "Guilty." And if the Gibbs haven't had much of an American chart presence in recent years, they remain superstars throughout the rest of the world, a richly crafted pop music presence that simply won't be denied. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits: The Record~ The Bee Ge
    The Bee Gees are of the most succesfull bands of all time. Theymanaged to remain popular during the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.They are the only group that has managed to have 5 singles in the US top 10 and this is a feat that will be hard pressed to be topped or matched. They have managed to go with what is popular and have changed their image numerous times and their ability to write amazing lyrics have often been overlooked and their vocal abilities must be considered some of the best in the business. The book-let is one of the better produced with nice shot photographs, intresting text and an outlay that has awesome font and the only problem is that they decided not to include the lyrics. Even so this is a stupendous greatest hits album from one of the most succesfull rock/disco bands ever.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great music - bad collection
    On musical merits alone, this CD could easily rate 5 stars.However, the compilation is a musical mess.

    If you just like the Bee Gees during their peak 70's years, I would recommend "Greatest", which was originally released in 1979.If you just want a CD with all of their Number 1 hits, I would recommend "Number Ones" which was released in 2004.If you want a comprehensive, career retrospective, I recommend "Tales of the Brothers Gibb" from 1990.

    "Tales..." is a 4 CD set that contains almost every Billboard Hot 100 hit of the Bee Gees from their beginning in 1967 with "New York Mining Disaster 1941" to their last Top 10 hit in 1989, "One".The only thing that keeps that compilation from being perfect for the period that it covers is that it does not include "Living Eyes" which peaked at #45 in 1981.It also could have included "Bodyguard" from 1990.

    This CD would have been perfect if it would have filled in the blanks left from "Tales...".Besides the two songs mentioned above, this CD should have also included "Paying the Price of Love" from 1993 and "Still Waters Run Deep" from 1997.It also could have included some of their solo hits from the 80's such as Barry's "Shine Shine" or Robin's "Boys Do Fall in Love".

    Instead of some of these songs, we get Bee Gees versions of songs that were written by the Gibb brothers, but were recorded and made into hits by others.I really could have done without their re-interpretations of Samantha Sang's "Emotion", Dionne Warwick's "Heartbreaker", or Kenny & Dolly's "Islands in the Stream".I know that they like to remind people that even though their own hits dried up in this country, they were still writing hits for others.But enough already.The Gibbs have been flogging their versions of these songs in concert and recordings for years now.You are prolific songwriters, we get it.Now move on.

    Also, the liner notes for this collection are pathetic and do not do them justice.They could have at least listed the peak position of each song.

    Anyway, I love the Bee Gees and their music is great.But this collection could have been so much better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Strumming Guitars,Mirrorballs,Movies andMore!
    What a great CD!Really, even better than past compilations.Why thou ask?It finally shows off songs written by the Brothers Gibb not just for themselves, but the hits that proppelled others to number one!And this album takes you through several styles of music.Roll film please...

    "As early as the 50s the Brothers Gibb were already showing talent in harmonies with ballads like "New York Mining Disaster".Later they would prove quite the talented family.Smooth rock classics like "To Love Somebody" and emotive quavering vocals in "Words" are just beautiful.

    Enter R&B, a movement offshoot of soul that focused on funkier, more bass oriented dancable tunes that the Bee Gees easily crafted like "Nights on Broadway" (Barry emerges with his falsetto styling) and "Jive Talkin'" with an infectious keyboard and bassline churning out the speakers!

    Ah... A man walks down the street with a can of paint... "Stayin' Alive" becomes one of the most recognizable song to ever be played over opening movie credits and gets America dancing under spinning mirror balls.Disco!Put away those platform shoes.....it's time to boogie!To hits like "Night Fever", "More Than a Woman" and "If I Can't Have You" the later being written for Yvone Ellman, here sung by the Bee Gees themselves.. and sounding great!

    Before Disco had a chance to die it was thriving to the monster hit "Tragedy" with thunderclaps and Barry's incredible lung capacity carrying that note to the limit!Time to slow down to"Too Much Heaven" which was a hit for UNICEF as well due in part the donation from the sales of the single.

    The 1980s saw more of the Bee Gees writing hits for others such as "Guilty" with Barbra Streisand but also for Dionne Warwick and Samantha Sang and Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton."Heartbreaker"a hit for Dionne and "Islands in the Stream" a hit for Dolly & Kenny are presented here sung by the Brothers Gibb which is why this compilation is so wonderful!

    Enter third stage of the career with the 1990s... and hits like "You Win Again", "One" and "Alone" the last having a part sung by Robin solo showing that the beautiful falsetto is a genetric Gibb trait!"

    So in conclusion, this CD is great why?The Hits by the Bee Gees plus the Hits written by the Bee Gees for other artists most of which presented here for the first time sung by the songwriters! Enjoy! ... Read more

    Asin: B00005RH91
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Australia    3. Baroque Pop    4. Disco    5. Pop    6. Pop/Rock    7. Rock    8. Soft Rock   


    $20.99

    The Essential Luther Vandross
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 June, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars EVERYTHING THAT A BEST OF SET SHOULD BE & MORE
    Although I agree with reviewers who are upset that there have been so many attempts to cash in on Luther Vandross' alleged "best of" (and almost all of them with the exception of 1989's "Best of Love" are sorely lacking), this 2 CD set is truly the only one that fits the bill and deserves 5 stars as it dos not skip on the "essential" and is sequenced seemlessly. Also, there is no filler to be found in this collection, unlike most 2 CD "essentials" that should be (at best) reduced to one CD.

    With the exception of 1985's "The Night I Fell In Love" (which may be in my top 20 list of my favorite releases (which will exclude greatest hits releases to even up the field) most of Luther's albums have not been outstanding on the whole as there have been some "sameness", especially when it comes to the musical productions or instruments in vogue when originally recorded, but this collection takes care of that limitation but putting the most catchy songs on it as well as classic remakes and duets (when duets were more than marketing ploys or ego gratification efforts) and simply make both CD's a pleasure to listen to again and again. Also, unlike other releases, none of the songs is reduced to the "single" release, which tends to cut off songs either for space considerations or just because. Can you imagine "If This World Were Mine" or "(I) Who Have Nothing" not released as they were intended? Thank Epic or Luther for not cutting off songs.

    I understand that some would not want to shell out more money if they've bought one the previous "lesser" alleged best of Luther releases, but this is the one to own and replaces 1989's "Best of Love" as the must have set "If Only For One Night".... Enjoy!

    Here's to Luther gaining more strength and overcoming his current health challenges.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Behezuss! How many useless compilations do we need?
    I don't know whose music might have endured worse damaged from being constantly recycled onto useless compilations so many numerous times the way that Luther Vandross' songs have with these mostly lame collections. I find it saddening to see these powerful and uplifting songs being recycled to death on these numerous compilations. Is it like, they release a compilation of recycled material every time a new proper studio album is released?

    From what I'm guessing there are like eight or nine of them now:

    Here's the list that I can think of:

    1. Best of Luther Vandross
    2. Love Is On The Way
    3. Best of Love Volume 2: One Night With You
    4. Greatest Hits
    5. Always & Forever: The Classics
    6. Super Hits
    7. Ultimate Luther Vandross
    8. The Very Best of Love
    9. Essential Luther Vandross

    As I can remember while writing this review, there are nine compilations, and these were all released in just the last 15 years, too short of a time for releasing so many compilations. Are Sony too clueless as to realizing how many compilations they have released are has the label become enshrouded in greed and egotism.

    All of these songs on here are absolutely classic and are among the best R&B classics of all-time but come on!! Why don't Sony released a live album or even a Box Set of B-Sides and/or previously unreleased studio recordings from Vandross' extremely spectacular career? That's what Sony needs to do. Stop recycling these same songs over and over again and instead release two boxed sets, one being live recordings over the years, and the other being B-Sides/Rarities Boxed Set. Now that would be totally awesome! I would especially go for the "B-Sides" boxed set idea myself but that's just my opinion.

    If you are a true Luther Vandross fan like I am and would go for any of the compilations I listed above, I would go for the 2-CD "Best of Luther Vandross", and "Best of Love Volume 2, One Night With You" (At least for those who liked the 'new' songs on that CD) and avoid the rest of the others like the plague. On top of it all, the best choice I can make is to invest one's time getting his regular studio albums as they offer truckloads more than any of the compilations can even come close to offering. I especially recommend "Power of Love", my favorite of his.

    I'm giving this collection a five anyways to show my gratitude to Mr. Vandross for all of the great music that he has put out over the past 20 years and wish him the absolute best in his recovery and also wish him the best that he makes a full recovery and continues to amaze us for many years to come. God only knows what kind of musical genius he could come up with next! :)

    2-0 out of 5 stars A Waste Of Time For Serious Fans!
    Another collection of Luther's many hits, which serious fans already own on original CDs & a boatload of other lame Sony compilations.Sony continues to pimp Luther, and this 2 CD set was released the same day as 'Dance With My Father', which is a must have.
    Sony should simply remaster & expand the original classic 'Best Of Luther/Best Of Love' 2 Cd set from 1988 with additional tracks & enhanced packaging.This 'Essential Luther Vandross' is not essential at all!!... ... Read more

    Asin: B00009P1LW
    Sales Rank: 13406
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Pop    3. Quiet Storm    4. R&B    5. Smooth Soul    6. Soul    7. United States of America    8. Urban   


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    I'm Glad/All I Have [DVD Single]
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (13 May, 2003)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars NOT so glad about this song...
    I thought this was one of the weakest songs off "This Is Me...Then" and I am so happy for her that her much better song "Baby I Love U" is doing better. First off I give it 3 stars because she wants to proove to the public that she and Ben still care for each other, and also the music is very good. But the only fall back are the verses which are lacking. I think she should have released "You Belong To Me" the remake of the Carly Simon hit or "The One." Sorry Jen but I think this single wasn't a good choice but I still love "This Is Me...Then!" and the video for "I'm Glad" REALLY makes up for the song!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutley Stunning!
    This is such a catchy beautiful song, Jennifer Lopez is absolutley fantastic. Wow, the video is sooo inspiring and sooo well done, copying every move from flashdance to the button. WELL DONE JENNIFER YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST AND THE BEST ENTERTAINER ON THE PLANET!

    5-0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD DANCE SINGLE !
    THIS IS THE 3er. SINGLE OF THE MULTIPLATINUM ALBUM "THIS IS ME...THEN". JENNIFER WRITTE THIS SONG INSPIRED IN HER LOVE FOR BEN AFFLECK. IS A VERY GOOD DANCE SINGLE, WITH A BEAUTIFUL BEAT.

    01 ALBUM VERSION 10/10
    *Very Good song, the beat & the hook are amazing !

    02 PAUL OAKENFOLD REMIX 10/10
    *Sound like other song, but is the same,The best "Im Glad" remix till now, Jennifer sing in this version, very different of the Original version, more slow and different beat, but same lyrics. Like 70Â's disco beat songs !Excellent

    03 FORDÂ'S SIREN MIX 9/10
    *ItÂ's the typic Dance Mix, with a faster beat, and the classic sound ! very good !

    04 IGNORANTS MIX 9/10
    *ItÂ's other long dance version, sound great, very catchi ! I Know this Remix gonna be a hit in all the Clubs! The chorus sound faster ! ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 246837
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Pop Vocals   


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    No Stranger to Shame
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 September, 2002)
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    Uncle Kracker might have rap-rock numbskull Kid Rock to thank for putting him on the map, but with the release of his solid sophomore set, the Michigan mauler can stand up and take a bow. For not only is Uncle Kracker the most Southern-sounding musician ever to emerge from the edge of the Great Lakes, he's also one of the most versatile. As such, No Stranger to Shame is by turns country, rock, soul, blues, and sometimes a vigorous mix of the lot. The horn-section-goosing opening track "I Do" is pure Stax with a little '70s-era thwacketa-thwacketa guitar menace; "Thunderhead Hawkins," with its drawling vocals and slide guitar, is pure Arkansas front-porch boogaloo; "Memphis Soul Song" is just that; "To Think I Used to Love You" could have been torn from the Merle Haggard songbook; and "Keep It Comin'" is fierce hip-hop. A ballad, "Letter to My Daughters," is sweet if unnervingly sappy (think Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses"), while Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath adds negligible freight to the title track. But No Stranger to Shame's finest moment is a borrowed one--a faithful cover ofDobie Gray's inspirational rock & roll love letter, "Drift Away." An underappreciated classic from the early '70s, "Drift Away" still sounds relevant, and Kracker's soulful version--featuring Gray himself--will do much to spotlight that comforting old chestnut. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to my expectations
    I think my title pretty much sums it up for how I feel about this album.Uncle Kracker, to me, has potential but has not fully applied it yet.I bought it mainly because it was 2.99 for a new copy at my local record shop.I spun it, and felt a little dissapointed.I liked the cover of Dobie Gray's Drift Away--which confuses me because Dobie Gray is the lead vocalist, not the Uncle--and the song Keep it Comin', but the rest is too mediocre to buy it at full price.Fortunately, I got a great bargain so it's worth my money, but you need to wonder if it's worth YOUR money.I'm just not sure.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Easily flowing between rock, soul, funk, C&W and rap...
    This is an excellent album. Who would have thought that Kid Rock's turntabilist could put out such a solid effort? This album is very diverse, easily flowing between rock, soul, funk, C&W and rap. He has a nice voice, very reminiscent of John Melloncamp. He even does a duet with Dobie Gray on the classic Drift Away.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars.....Kracker's 2nd album.
    Though very, very different from Kracker Double Wide album, i Still Give it 5 stars. This is not hip-hop like Double wide. this is straight memphis soul, Oldies Rock and Country. The Only Rap is the first and last songs.Theres A Bonus track Called AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL.

    Best song is THUNDERHEAD HAWKINS. ... Read more

    Asin: B000067CPZ
    Subjects:  1. American Trad Rock    2. Country-Rock    3. Pop    4. Pop/Rock    5. Rock    6. Singer/Songwriter   


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    Cocky
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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    Detroit-bred rocker/rapper Kid Rock has reason to be "cocky," as 1998's multiplatinum Devil Without a Cause established the multifaceted artist with the Southern rock influences as a generally likable braggart able to back up his boasts musically. Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker backup band also spawned a successful solo career for DJ Uncle Kracker, who wrote songs for--but whose turntables aren't on--Cocky. With a little help from fab friends, including actor David Spade, and musicians Sheryl Crow and Snoop Dogg, Cocky covers a mélange of styles, from rap to country, utilizing organ, pedal steel, and harp as well as metallic guitar solos. Ultimately, though, the 14 songs are schizophrenic and not always successful: on "Lonely Road of Faith," Kid Rock turns in a anthemic ballad nearly worthy of Lynyrd Skynrd, whose "Freebird" he samples in the laid-back R&B-flavored "You Never Met a Motherf**ker Quite Like Me," while Crow's vocals on the gentle, country tune "Picture" and the plodding "Midnight Train to Memphis" contrast with the metallic riffs of "I'm a Dog," the nasty "sex rhymes" of"WCSR," and the rapped boasts of the narcissistic title track. Cocky? Indeed. Commendable? Dubious. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this guy's work! My favorite CD right now!!
    Yeah, I'm over forty and mostly a classic rock fan. One of the employees at the company I own knows I'm a rocker. He walked up to me, handed me this CD, and told me to listen to it. I did, and I WAS BLOWN AWAY!! I am now a huge Kid Rock Fan. I went right out and bought all his stuff.

    Rock is talented and full of variety--hip-hop, hard rock, southern rock, and country. I will always buy everything this guy puts out!

    What can I say? I cruise around in my black Escalade EXT with this CD crankin' on the stereo. I love it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good rock/hip hop album
    yo listen to this cd is bangin no one could do it better than the kid in the genre.he raps he rocks ,he is even pimping with girls ,he is tight ,but he is missing more guest like some of the tighest rappers out there like the doctor

    5-0 out of 5 stars American BA thank you!!
    Bobbi , where were you when I was 18 dude!! yeah it's me again The ROCK HOUND and still can't wait for your next one after ROCK. Can't thank you enough for this one had to go replace the one I bought when it first came out wore it out..your range of talent and fun go beyond anything I grew up with, well Chuck Berry was fun, always ZZ Top. BUT YOU- WOW!!! put it all together for me, oh what a ride it has been!!!VOO DOO was great, but Bobbi I miss that smile..still havin' fun? Can't wait for the next tour date in CA, see ya then and I thank you.... ... Read more

    Asin: B00005R2IN
    Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Pop    3. Rap-Metal    4. Rap-Rock    5. Rock   


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    Testify
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 November, 2002)
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    On his first album of new material since 1996, Phil Collins's crisp voice returns to the forefront, as does the booming rhythmic grooves and rich melodies. After taking time out to record his big-band tribute, A Hot Night in Paris, and the Tarzan original soundtrack, the former Genesis drummer-turned-frontman seek out more familiar territory on Testify. Collins successfully updates his soft rock sound with discreet electronic embellishments and spartan arrangements. It's simple stuff, but it's what Collins does best. Most intriguing is his silky cover of Billy Nicholls's "Can't Stop Loving You" (originally recorded by Leo Sayer on his 1978 self-titled album), but even originals like the effervescent "Wake Up Call" and the shadowy "Swing Low" echo the ambitious reach of his most popular work. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Shoes tapping to professional polish
    Lyrics are repetetive love syrup but melodies are rich and entrancing out of a snake handlers basket. I rented this CD out of local library and have listened more than tens of times. I like every single track on this CD. Other past listening obsessions include Andre Bocelli's 'Night in Tuscany' and Mary Chapin Carpenter's 'Stones in the Road'

    1-0 out of 5 stars a great big hole where a heart should be
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    Collins... sounds dated with his glossy production, precision session-playing and radio-friendly songs all done by numbers with a great big hole where a heart should be. [Dec 2002, p.129]

    5-0 out of 5 stars a collection of heart, soul and innocence
    phil sings to his baby in this album, says exactly what we feel about our children since we cant always figure out how too say it. every song is his way for us all to testify our love for the ones we love. for me they know who they are... the best songs on this album are the heartbreaking "its not too late", "the beautiful "testify" the fun and up beat "wake up call", the sweet and simple "you touch my heart" the lullabye "come with me" and ofcourse the sensational "can't stop loving you". of course the farewell tour, which brought lot of these songs to life was the freakin best and worth the buy, but till that comes out, get this and you wont be sorry. when you can;t find a way to tell you special little one how much you love them, let phil say it for you. ... Read more

    Asin: B00006IR5R
    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Pop    3. Pop/Rock    4. Rock   


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    Can't Stop Loving You
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 December, 2002)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars High Flying--What?
    Only diehard Phil Collins fans would be looking at this page, so I'll dedicate this review to you. The three tracks on here--as one might have already figured out--are:

    1.) "Can't Stop Loving You"-- Album version of lead single off Collins' new record 'Testify'. Phil gives us a great treatment of an excellent cover song yet once again. Remember all his tributes? Everything from "A Groovy Kind Of Love", "The Time's Are-A-Changin'", to "You Can't Hurry Love", he's always been great at the covers, treating the songs as his own.

    2.)"High Flying Angel"-- Previously unreleased & really the only reason for buying the cd single 'Can't Stop Loving You'. I honestly believe this track to be quite better than some of the other material used & released on 'Testify'. I prefer it to maybe three or four of the tunes that were actually released on his latest LP, including "Driving Me Crazy", "Thru My Eyes", & "It's Never Too Late". In my opinion, it was a mistake not to have used "High Flying Angel" as an album track. Instead, some of the more "mediocre" songs were chosen as the final cuts for the 'Testify' track list.

    3 "Sussudio"-- Previously released on the live Collins Big Band cd, 'Hot Night In Paris". I'll assume that we have all attained this recording in some form or another YEARS ago. This song I could I have done without. A "Sussudio 2002" brand new version would have been highly appreciated rather than this, but oh well.

    Again, this cd single is for hardcore fanatics such as myself (& whoever may be reading this). I should also note that the second track sounds to be perhaps a bit more in the vein of a 'Both Sides' track than of a 'Testify' one. Cherrio!

    4-0 out of 5 stars For Toyota
    There is no doubt about how powerful Phil Collins music can really be. It is just amazing to see an artist who has been in the business for three decades keep coming back and still making a great appeal to the music industry. With Can't Stop Loving You, a song written by Leo Sayer, Phil recorded the cover, but it gained actual notarity by promoting it within the use by Toyota. The song was used within the company to endorse the Avalon automobiles. It worked for Phil, and Toyota. Can't Stop Loving You hit the Top 10 on the Adult Contemporary charts, and has been there for almost a year now. Hopefully, Phil will make it happen again.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A superb song and a fair single content.
    Of course, Can't Stop Loving You is a superb song, so that's one good reason to buy this single, but why not buy the album instead? This single offers a fair bonus for the fans, giving the non album track High Flying Angel, which is, however, far below the other Testify songs in quality. It's rather like some of the B-side tracks from the Both Sides era (remember Another Time? No?), and it is rather uninspiring (no, it's not at all likee For A Friend :-( ), so I think it was wise of Phil to leave this off the album.

    The other extra track, however, is rather uninspiring, since this has already been released on the Big Band album. I had sorely hoped for some of the unreleased live recordings from the Dance Into The Light Tour (The Times They Are A-changing, River So Wide/Take Me Down/Find A Way To My Heart, The Same Moon or perhaps Do You Rember, One More Night or Take Me Home). Well well, that would certainly be something for the fans! So Phil, we're expecting a bit more from you with the Wake Up Call single! ... Read more

    Asin: B00006RYEU
    Sales Rank: 73653
    Subjects:  1. 5"CD Singles    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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